You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here TAGSVeteransVettix Previous articleThe Best Things to Say (and Not to Say) to a Grieving PersonNext articleFive stains Americans love to hate – and how to beat them Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Please enter your comment! UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Meaningful ways to support veterans, members of the military and their familiesAt the airport, you take a moment to thank a solider in uniform who is returning home. On Veterans Day, you hold up a sign at your town’s parade to let those who have served know how much you care. Throughout the year, whenever you encounter veterans or someone currently serving in the armed forces, you show your appreciation for their service.Most Americans truly feel grateful to U.S. service personnel and take steps to express that gratitude. But what do you do for the families of veterans and active-duty, guard and reserve personnel? In many ways, these families sacrifice as much as their loved ones in service to the country.It’s just as important to support military and veteran families; they are the reason their loved ones fight and their inspiration for returning home safely. Many military families cope with the emotional and physical injuries their loved ones in the service come home with. A stable, loving family can help a veteran make the difficult transition from active duty to civilian life, or help an active-duty person return home after deployment.These families face significant hardships in support of their loved ones in military service. Forty-three percent of military families have moved three or more times in the past 10 years, according to a survey of military families, conducted by Vet Tix. These frequent moves cause difficulties for children adjusting to new schools, spouses finding jobs, and making new friends.Everyone can make a difference for veterans, members of the military and their families. Here are ideas for meaningful ways to show your support:Help them make memories.Veterans’ and military families often face financial challenges that can make it difficult to afford simple luxuries other Americans take for granted, such as attending a concert, show or sporting event. The ticket price for a game can easily exceed $200 for a family of four. In fact, the Vet Tix survey found cost was the main reason military and veteran families were unable to participate in entertainment opportunities.You can help a military or veteran family make special memories and attend the show or event of their dreams by donating tickets or funds to Vet Tix. The organization provides tickets for sporting events, concerts, performing arts and family activities to verified members of all branches of currently serving military and veterans. The impact of the donation often goes far beyond a single day of fun.For example, a Vietnam veteran living in Florida used tickets from Vet Tix to help rebuild ties with his wife and children. After he successfully reconnected with his family and community, the man’s doctor wrote a letter to the organization thanking them for helping lower the veteran’s PTSD-related anxiety.“Many veterans face financial challenges while making the transition from military to civilian life,” says Joel DeLand, a U.S. Army veteran from Chicago. “Long-lasting psychological effects from military service can cause veterans to isolate themselves from others when they return home. I’ve personally used Vet-Tix-provided tickets to reconnect with friends by attending local events together.”Visit www.vettix.org to learn more and to make a donation.Help care for their best friendsWhen military service people deploy overseas, some will have to leave behind a beloved pet. Not everyone will have a family member or friend who is able and willing to take in the service person’s pet for an extended period of time.You can help by donating to an organization that fosters pets for active-duty military, such as Dogs on Deployment or Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet. You can also volunteer to foster a pet. These national organizations work to match members of the military who need foster care for their pets with families around the country willing to care for them. If you live near a military base, you can also contact the base’s command to see if they have a local program in place.Help care for the whole familyEvery member of a military or veteran family can benefit from support. You can help discharged veterans and military spouses by volunteering to be a career mentor. Contact the Armed Services YMCA to see if you can volunteer as a teacher’s aide for preschools and after-school programs that serve military families in your area.Reach out to your local veterans or military support organizations and ask about adopting a military family. “Adoption” can be as simple as writing personal emails or letters of support, or offering financial help for specific needs, such as buying school clothes and supplies for children, or gifts during the holidays.For a super-easy way to help, simply log on to Operation Homefront’s Amazon page where you can purchase and donate a backpack for a child in a military family. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear Commissioner Bill Arrowsmith is coming off a record-breaking performance on March 15th when he received the most votes in Apopka history. His 4,489 total was still not enough to avoid a runoff with first-time candidate and Seat #4 opponent Kyle Becker. Today Apopka voters have what might be their last opportunity to vote for the 39-year incumbent.Candidate Feature: Bill Arrowsmith Seat #4 incumbentCommissioner Bill Arrowsmith defends Seat #4 against Kyle Becker.Bill Arrowsmith is an institution in Apopka. He believes experience is an asset, not a liability. He worked with former Mayor John Land for decades, fiercely defends his accomplishments and reveres his friendship and memory. He talks about legacies and values building a reserve in the City’s budget more than building a costly vision.He is the 39-year incumbent of Seat #4 running against first-time candidates Kyle Becker, and its possible this will be his last campaign. In fact he almost didn’t run this time.“There are certain people who have attended every city council meeting for the last couple of years. If they had stepped up and said they were running, I probably wouldn’t have run. But we (he and his wife Janine) talked about it in November in detail,” he said. “We received a lot of encouragement from the community. I think that’s the reason we did it again. I just had a lot of encouragement to run. We knew it would be a lot of work, and we know there’s a lot of people working against us, but a lot of people are working for us too.”And he sees a seat on the City Council as an honor you earn, not one you win.“Part of my makeup is to be as involved as I can be, to help this city. To just hand this seat over to someone with zero experience in office, and zero experience in the community? That’s like wasting 40 years as far as I’m concerned. I want to leave the legacy in someone’s hands that’s educated in the community. I feel strongly that if you’re going to get involved in public service, you should start with community service. Attend City Council meetings. It just gives you better footing. Unfortunately when you have people who decide to do that, to jump in without that experience, well it’s unfortunate.”Despite being criticized for being on the City Council for 39 years, he still points to his experience as a valuable tool in governing Apopka.“My experience is the value I can add. Just from past experiences of what not to do and what to do again. That’s my biggest advantage. When it comes to everything, I feel like I can take my experience from the past and apply it. By the virtue of being there so long it gives me the opportunity to draw from – good and bad. And I’m not afraid to admit to my mistakes in the past as far as decisions we made – and you try not to repeat those mistakes.”And it’s his experience that tells Arrowsmith the City is heading in a bad trajectory as it relates to budget management.“It’s been a challenge. We spent a lot of hours knocking on doors. It updates your perspective. It enlightens you. We’ve had a lot of good experiences. A lot of very favorable comments from people.”“Part of my makeup is to be as involved as I can be, to help this city. To just hand this seat over to someone with zero experience in office, and zero experience in the community? That’s like wasting 40 years as far as I’m concerned. “It’s (the City budget) not as strong as it has been in the past. We’re spending reserves. In the past we had a history of building strong reserves and we operated within the budget. I don’t have a comfortable feeling with our financial report. We had a 14-year relationship with the past Financial Director. He won awards. He was outstanding, and did a great job with the budget. Now you ask a question and you have three different people looking in different directions to see whose going to come up with an answer.”It is in part because of what he believes are budget inefficiencies and his observations on the campaign trail that leads Arrowsmith to think that if Mayor Joe Kilsheimer were running this term, he might not survive.“When you knock on doors, you hear a lot of things. They ask me ‘how do you get along with this new mayor?’ I tell them we don’t share the same philosophy. And then they say ‘I’m going to vote for you’ 100% of the time. I think if he (Kilsheimer) were running for re-election today, from the number of responses I have gotten, he would be in trouble.”Arrowsmith attended the Visioning Apopka workshops, but warns each of these ideas comes with a price tag.“The visioning process told me about the same thing as I’ve always heard. We did one in 2010. There’s a booklet from our visioning process back then. Well, let’s look at that 2010 visioning process and see if we can expand on that or implement it before we spend $125,000 on this group. These visionaries come in with all their elevations and their drawings and all kind of stuff and it looks wonderful, but who’s going to pay for it? It will be interesting to see what the end result is and it will be more interesting to see how they will fund it.”He has enjoyed this campaign, but thinks it may be his last.“I’m 95% sure I won’t be running again. I’d like to take the next four years to groom my successor.”Despite this campaign possibly being his last, he has enjoyed talking to the voters.“We probably have 500 signs in people’s yards. It’s been from the voter’s standpoint a very positive experience. And we’ve said from the beginning we would run a positive campaign. And we’ve had a lot of abuse thrown at us. My opponent has nothing positive to say, so he has no choice but to go negative. But we just keep going forward.” Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Jane Hobson Please enter your name here Sadly, where were the balance of those voters on Tuesday. TAGSCommissioner Bill Arrowsmith Previous articleCoffee with a Cop in ApopkaNext articleCan Ruth overcome a March 15th loss to defend Seat #3? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter 1 COMMENT LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate April 13, 2016 at 3:36 pm
CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena on Thursday marked three weeks without a reported COVID-19 fatality, as 18 new infections were reported in the city, officials said.The last COVID-19-related death in Pasadena was reported on Oct. 8, according to city data. A total of 129 people have lost their lives to the virus.Eighteen new infections detected on Thursday raised the city’s total number of cases to 2,819.Huntington Hospital reported treating 23 COVID-19 patients.The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced 1,745 new infections on Thursday, marking the highest number of cases reported in a single day since August that was not the result of backlogged data.Nineteen additional fatalities were documented, the county Department of Public Health said in a written statement.In total, county officials have reported 305,070 COVID-19 infections and 7,044 deaths.Officials said 750 patients were hospitalized throughout L.A. County with novel coronavirus on Thursday. Thirty-one percent of them were being treated in intensive care units.L.A. County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer said the increase in cases was a cause for concern.“The high numbers of daily cases are very concerning because, as we have seen in the past, increases in cases lead to increases in hospitalizations and deaths. These increases impede our ability to move forward with re-opening additional sectors and getting more children back to school,” she said.“As individuals, we get to choose whether to party or help our economy recover; we get to choose whether to protect others from our respiratory droplets or infect others who may go on to need hospital care or even die. What we don’t get to do is sit on the sidelines,” according to Ferrer. “We have an awesome opportunity to slow the spread with every decision we make about how we interact with others.”Statewide, 4,191 new COVID-19 cases were reported on Thursday, along with 66 additional deaths.State health officials had documented 912,904 infections and 17,541 fatalities, in all.The average positivity rate over the prior seven days was 3.3 percent, according to a CDPH statement. The 14-day average was 3 percent.As of Thursday, L.A. County represented 33 percent of California’s total COVID-19 infections and 40 percent of the state’s deaths. Community News Subscribe Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Top of the News Make a comment HerbeautyIs It Normal To Date Your BFF’s Ex?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeauty Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News More Cool Stuff Community News Pasadena Goes 3 Weeks Without a COVID-19 Death 18 New Infections Detected; L.A. County Sees Most Cases Since August By BRIAN DAY Published on Thursday, October 29, 2020 | 5:02 pm Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 24 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week
Landgraf prepares for state budget debate Previous articleWILLIAMS: Black History MonthNext articleConaway’s re-election opposed admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Local NewsGovernment Runoff a possibility for Senate seat Pinterest Facebook Twitter State Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, and former Midland Mayor Mike Canon have faced off for the District 31 Senate seat before, but restaurant owner Victor Leal, R-Amarillo, is new to the mix in the March 6 primary.Seliger said he wants to go for another four-year term because there is still so much work to be done in areas like education, higher education and taxes.Canon said he is dissatisfied with Seliger, the way state government is being run and wants a chance to be a voice for the district in Austin.Leal, who has served as mayor of Muleshoe twice and run for state representative in 2010, said he grew up serving in his family’s restaurant and wants to keep serving the people he has grown to know and love in the district. 1 of 3 Incumbent Kel Seliger, left; challenger Mike Canon, right. Facebook Landgraf staffer resigns following investigation Texas State Senate for District 31 candidate Mike Canon Church leaders condemn mayor’s disparaging comments WhatsApp Kel Seliger is a Republican member of the Texas State Senate representing District 31 One candidate has to get 51 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff. Otherwise the top two vote-getters square off in a runoff May 22. Whoever wins that will be on the Nov. 6 general election ballot, according to the Ector County Elections Office.The main issue for the three is education — reducing the load of standardized tests students take, giving local control back to school boards, fixing the school finance system and tackling taxes.Implemented in 1996, the “Robin Hood” school finance law sends a portion of funds from a so-called property wealthy district to poorer districts.School district property taxes include maintenance and operations and interest and sinking, or payment on debt. There is a limit of $1.17 per $100 valuation for maintenance and operations. Interest and sinking has a limit of 50 cents per $100 valuation.Asked if the taxes can be uncompressed, Seliger said: “We can do anything. It’s just whatever is the will to do. We have to make sure we have adequate funding for school districts to do away with recapture.“The possibilities are endless. It’s just what is there a will to do,” Seliger added.Ector County Independent School District has eight schools on improvement required status under state accountability standards. Three are in their fifth year of IR. If they don’t come off, the campuses, Noel and Zavala elementary schools and Ector Middle School, could face closure or the district could face a state takeover.“I think that because Ector County ISD is making progress on their IR (schools) that they ought to be allowed to do what they need to get it done. We don’t want to close those districts or put them in receivership, but five years is almost half of an entire public school career in a substandard school. That cannot be allowed to be exist. I’ve got as much confidence in Mr. Crowe (ECISD Superintendent Tom Crowe) as almost anybody to remedy it, but it’s got to be turned around,” Seliger said.Like his competition, Leal said public education is his top issue. He wants to make sure more money gets into the classroom and he wants to fight for teachers to have better pay and benefits and empower students, parents and teachers over the bureaucrats in Austin.“I also believe that securing our border is very important and everywhere I go people are fed up with sky high property taxes. I want to make sure that we’re lowering property taxes across the board,” Leal said.His priority, he said, would be education because it seems the state is spending the most money there and arguably having the least amount of success. Canon said he’s not detracting from the efforts of the teachers and administrators, but he thinks the system is set up to handicap the teachers and school districts.He said students should be given a standardized test in sixth or seventh grade that confirms a child is able to do arithmetic, add, subtract multiply, divide and do fractions and percentages.On funding, Canon said if the solution is more funding then the legislature should look at ways of revising the funding system. His question is whether or not the solution is more funding or reallocating resources.He added that he doesn’t like the idea of Robin Hood. Canon said he would like to see it modified, but he doesn’t like one district having to send millions to Austin and reallocating it someplace else.Seliger has been criticized by his opponents for voting with Democrats. But Seliger said there are 815,000 people in the district and he tries to vote with who’s right and in the best interest of the district.“I represent them all. Do they necessarily feel that represented by my basic conservatism, maybe not but if there are issues where I can help to maximize that representation I want to know what it is. I’m not going to change who I am, but I’m not going to ignore them. That’s not good government,” Seliger said.There is some bipartisanship in the Senate, Seliger said. There are some issues where things pass 31 to 0 and others where Democrats will join Republicans and Republicans will join Democrats.Seliger said his opponents do what they are told by Empower Texans and the Texas Public Policy Foundation, regardless of whether it is good for the district.“They (those organizations) want to control seats in legislature. They do control seats in the legislature. That’s what this contest is about — whether these organizations in Austin are going to control this seat, or whether the people in the 31st District are going to control it,” Seliger said.Canon, who practices oil, gas and banking law, said he is unhappy with Seliger and the direction of state government and thinks government should be run like a business without the politics.Canon said people who don’t watch politics or aren’t involved in city, county or school district governance may think they’re not impacted by what goes on in Austin, but everyone is.Canon said he has not received any money from Empower Texans. He has been endorsed by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, but he said they have not fundraised for him or done anything directly for him.Canon’s daughter is the development officer for the Texas Public Policy Institute. He said he does consider positions from the think tank, as well.Leal is originally from Muleshoe, Leal has been in Amarillo for the past 15 years.He served as mayor of Muleshoe from 1999-2004. He resigned when he moved to Amarillo to expand his restaurant.He and his wife, Debbie, own the original Leal’s Restaurant in Muleshoe and they have one each in Amarillo and Lubbock. His family also owns several restaurants across the South Plains and Eastern New Mexico and there is a tortilla plant that employs about 200 people.Along with being a mayor, Leal has served on a hospital district, Region 17 Education Service Center in Lubbock and has been appointed to several major state agencies and boards by former Gov. Rick Perry.He said the senate district fits him better than the House because it includes his hometown and the southern part of the district, which includes Monahans, where he started his business career.“My first date with my wife was in Odessa, Texas, back in 1984,” Leal said.Leal said he worked with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on the Tax Advisory Policy Committee to set a trigger where local residents could vote if their taxes went up above 5 percent from the previous year.“There would be an automatic election. I’m a proponent for that and I’m a proponent for getting more money into the classrooms that we already have, not increasing funding for schools but just making sure that the funding is used more efficiently,” Leal said.Charter schools can get private funds and don’t have nearly the regulations and testing that public schools have. “I would like to reduce testing and regulations for public schools. Right now, we’re very administrative heavy,” Leal said.Over the last 25 years, student enrollment in Texas has gone up 48 percent; teachers have increased 55 percent; and administration has increased 66 percent.“What that tells me is you have a lot of regulations on the federal and state side that cause us to have a lot of administration so that they can comply. I would fight back against those regulations so we could downsize our administrative part and get more money to the teachers in the classroom,” Leal said.On school finance, Leal said there is a need to reform the way schools are funded.“Robin Hood is broken and I would just simply say that we need to look at ways that we can better fund our schools in a more equitable way and I would be open to using more of our sales tax to reduce more of our local property taxes,” he added.Leal said he is a staunch conservative and he would go to Austin to represent the whole district. Where he can find common ground with colleagues, he will work with them. An example is Sen. Eddie Lucio, a Democrat from Brownsville, who is a pro-life Catholic like Leal.“I can see working with him on pro-life legislation. I will represent the hardworking, salt-of–the-earth folks who roll up their sleeves day in and day out and do the dirty work — the single mom; the gentlemen who work at the radiator shop; the folks who work hard to stretch their paycheck. Those are the folks I want to represent. Those are the folks who have been forgotten. I’m a populist when it comes to that.”Leal said he is not endorsed by Empower Texans. He has served on the Texas Public Policy Foundation, even though he’s not necessarily in agreement with them.“I’m an independent thinker and I’m going to work hard to represent the whole of this district,” Leal said.Just The Facts>> Texas Senate>> Four Years>> Salary – $7,200 annually; a maximum of $190 per day when conducting state business. They can opt into state health insurance, as well.2018 Election factsVoting information>> First day of early voting: Tuesday>> Last day of early voting: March 2>> Election Day: March 6If You Go2018 Election FactsFirst day of early voting: Feb. 20.Last day of early voting: March 2.Election Day: March 6. Pinterest Incumbent Kel Seliger, left; challenger Mike Canon, right. By admin – February 18, 2018 WhatsApp Home Local News Government Runoff a possibility for Senate seat Upside Down Blueberry Pie CheesecakeTexas Fried ChickenSlap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash CasserolePowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Twitter
Italy coach Roberto Mancini said Sunday he was ready for the European Championship to be postponed until 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Roberto Mancini has revived Italy after they failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals “We would have won the European Championship this summer, we can also win it in 2021,” Mancini told Italian television station Rai Sport. “Let’s wait to see what UEFA decides, but I adapt to everything, right now the priority is to save lives.” European football’s governing body meet on Tuesday to discuss all domestic and European competitions, as well as Euro 2020, which is due to take place from June 12 to July 12. Italy are set to host the opening match in Rome on June 12, in a tournament which will be played in 12 countries across the continent. All sport in Italy has been suspended until April 3 with the nation’s 60 million inhabitants in lockdown to avoid the spread of the virus which has killed 1,809 and infected over 24,000. “The fact is that the problems we are having now other nations will have shortly,” continued the former Manchester City and Inter Milan coach. Read Also: NBA referee Kirkland tests negative for coronavirus: report “First of all we need to protect people’s health, we have to wait for the peak, then when this situation begins to ease off we could start talking and decide everything later. “When we return to our normal life, to football, we will be happier, we’ll find freedom, be able to go back to matches at the stadium, have fun,” added the 55-year-old. “These dramatic situations can make you become better. I hope so.” Italy won all 10 of their Euro 2020 qualifying matches as they roared back under Mancini’s guidance having failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. They approach Euro 2020 searching for just their second European title after winning in 1968. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-FlowThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Here Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go StargazingThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To VisitCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?
NEW DELHI: Indian cricketer Shikhar Dhawan opened up regarding his move from Indian Premier League side Sunrisers Hyderabad to Delhi Capitals prior to the 2019 edition of the cash-rich tournament. Dhawan spoke about various things, both on and off the field, during an Instagram live video session with former India cricketer Irfan Pathan.In normal circumstances, Dhawan would’ve been currently playing for Delhi in the 13th edition of the IPL but due to coronavirus pandemic, it has been postponed by BCCI. Dhawan spoke about his nervousness at the prospect of retuning to Delhi, who were struggling at the wrong half of the table, but stated he took it as a challenge after spending eight years in Hyderabad. “It was a big challenge for me.. I was a bit nervous as well that I was joining a new team. I was at Sunrisers Hyderabad for eight years and was one of their top performers. I scored in excess of 500 runs in multiple IPLs,” Dhawan said during the Instagram live. “So to go to a new team like Delhi who were at the bottom half of the table, it was a big challenge. I took it in my stride and my experience of playing at the top level helped me as to how to go about things. Experience helps a person find the right solution. “I think I needed that change and I loved the support staff and the young team and I think I was the senior most player in the team (when I joined the team),” he added. IANS Also Read: Balbir Singh suffers 2 more cardiac arrests, remains critical